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May 11, 2022
Cardinal Joseph Zen has been arrested by the authorities in Hong Kong, according to local media reports. The 90-year-old former Catholic bishop of Hong Kong was reportedly detained on May 11 in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal fees. The Standard newspaper
May 10, 2022
Criminal acts targeting Catholic churches and pro-life advocates were reported after a weekend marked by unrest in multiple locations in the U.S. tied to anger over a possible Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In one of the latest incidents, the pastor a Catholic church in Katy, Texas, reported on May 9 that its
May 06, 2022
At the Vatican’s finance trial, Cardinal Angelo Becciu said that Pope Francis had allowed spending up to 1 million euros ($1.05 million) toward the liberation of a missionary abducted in Mali. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti (pictured with the Holy Father after her release) was kidnapped in February 2017 and held until Oct. 9, 2021.
May 03, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, according to draft opinion cited in a news report released Monday evening. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. writes in the purported 98-page draft document, obtained by Politico,
April 26, 2022
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Laurent Ulrich as the new Catholic archbishop of Paris. Ulrich, the archbishop of Lille, northern France, succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. The new Paris archbishop was born in 1951 and ordained a priest of the diocese of Dijon, eastern France, in 1979. He was appointed archbishop of
April 25, 2022
A 72-year-old religious sister has been praised for her “extraordinary courage” after she sought to disarm a man stabbing a priest at a Catholic church in Nice, southeastern France. Sister Marie-Claude reportedly intervened after a 31-year-old man entered the Saint-Pierre d’Arene church before Sunday Mass on April 24 and repeatedly stabbed Father Krzysztof Rudziński. She
April 20, 2022
A top cardinal at the Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis’ apprehension about Germany’s “Synodal Path,” Cardinal Kurt Koch  said that critics have raised “legitimate concerns” about the controversial re-assessment of Church teaching on sexual morality and other critical issues. “I very much hope that the German bishops will not simply defend themselves but really enter
March 31, 2022
Members of Parliament have voted to make permanent a policy adopted during the coronavirus pandemic that allows British women to self-administer both doses of abortion drugs at home, without visiting a medical clinic. The House of Commons vote on an amendment to the Health and Care Bill 2021 was 215 to 188. “The group of
March 31, 2022
A Finnish court has cleared a Christian MP of hate crimes after she was prosecuted for quoting verses from the Bible. A court in Helsinki dismissed all charges against Päivi Räsänen, a physician and mother of five, and Juhana Pohjola, a bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland, after a free speech trial
March 21, 2022
The Vatican published on Saturday a long-awaited document implementing Pope Francis’ reform of the organization and structure of the Roman Curia. The apostolic constitution, Praedicate evangelium (“Preach the Gospel”), was released initially only in Italian on March 19 after nine years in production by the pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisers. The constitution underlines that “any
March 16, 2022
Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Vatican has announced. The Holy See press office said: “On Friday, March 25, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 5 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart
March 15, 2022
A Catholic activist insisted on Monday that his UK-based human rights monitoring group would not be silenced after Hong Kong police threatened him with three years in jail. Benedict Rogers spoke out after receiving a formal warning from the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department regarding Hong Kong Watch, an NGO he founded in
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